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Dr. Marco Milán, elected new EMBO member




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  • Comprising more than 2,000 leading life scientists, EMBO is an organisation that promotes excellence in the life sciences in Europe and beyond.
  • 69 new members have been nominated and elected by the existing EMBO Membership; it is not possible to apply to become a member.
  • The new EMBO members will be formally welcomed at the annual Members’ Meeting in Heidelberg, Germany, between 25-27 October 2023.

Dr. Marco Milán, group leader at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), has been elected to become an EMBO member. This year, 69 leading life scientists have been appointed new EMBO Members and Associate Members, joining a community of more than 2,000 leading life scientists.

Dr. Milán is a biologist and leads the Development and Growth Control lab at IRB Barcelona. Since 2003, he holds an ICREA Research Professorship. From 2007 to 2018, he was Coordinator of the Cell and Developmental Biology Programme, and since 2018, he is Coordinator of IRB Barcelona’s Mechanisms of Disease Programme. In 2007, he was elected member of the EMBO Young Investigator Programme.


“Being elected as an EMBO member is a great honour in my career” says Dr. Milán.


Dr. Milán’s laboratory uses Drosophila as model system to understand the regulation of tissue growth in development, regeneration and tumorigenesis. His lab has identified local and systemic signals that contribute to the interplay between nutrient sensing and organ scaling, has dissected the mechanisms by which morphogens can regulate anisotropic growth and has discovered the local and systemic signals mediating the coordination of growth within and between organs. His group has also established an epithelial model of Chromosomal instability (CIN), a feature of most human epithelial tumors, to unravel a leading role of aneuploidy in the emergence of tumor-like behaviors like tissue invasiveness, senescence and malignancy. Remarkably, many of these aneuploidy-induced cellular behaviors have been observed in mammalian tissues subjected to CIN, thus reinforcing the translational potential of their findings.

This year's EMBO awardees have been recognised for contributions spanning the spectrum of life science research, including work that has demystified the immune system, advanced understanding of our senses, and facilitated innovative approaches to vaccine development.

“These remarkable scientists have unravelled molecular secrets of life, deepened our understanding of health and disease, and are paving the way for further discoveries and innovations. Their achievements reinforce the critical role that life science research plays in the lives of citizens across Europe and the world.”, says Dr. Fiona Watt, EMBO Director.

Members provide guidance and support for EMBO activities, for example by evaluating funding applications and serving on EMBO Council and Committees.
New members are nominated and elected by the existing EMBO Membership. EMBO will formally welcome the new members at the annual Members’ Meeting in Heidelberg, Germany, between 25-27 October 2023.


EMBO members at IRB Barcelona

In addition to Dr. Marco Milán, Dr. Toni Gabaldón, Dr. Salvador Aznar-Benitah, Dr. Ferran Azorín, Dr. Jordi Casanova, Dr. Miquel Coll, Dr. Cayetano González, Dr. Núria López-Bigas, Dr. Raúl Méndez, Dr. Ángel. R. Nebreda, and Dr. Francesc Posas also hold EMBO membership. These members are actively involved in the evaluation of EMBO funding applications, and they serve on the EMBO Council and on various other committees. Furthermore, Dr. Fran Supek was awarded the EMBO Young Investigator Grant in 2019.


About EMBO

EMBO is an organization of more than 2,000 leading researchers that promotes excellence in the life sciences in Europe and beyond. The goals of the organization are to support talented researchers at all stages of their careers, stimulate the exchange of scientific information, and help build a research environment where scientists can achieve their best work.

EMBO helps young scientists to advance their research, promote their international visibility and ensure their mobility. Courses, workshops, conferences, and scientific journals disseminate the latest research and offer training in techniques to maintain high standards of excellence in research practice. EMBO helps to shape science and research policy by seeking input and feedback from our community and by following closely the trends in science in Europe. For more information:

About IRB Barcelona

The Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) pursues a society free of disease. To this end, it conducts multidisciplinary research of excellence to cure cancer and other diseases linked to ageing. It establishes technology transfer agreements with the pharmaceutical industry and major hospitals to bring research results closer to society, and organises a range of science outreach activities to engage the public in an open dialogue. IRB Barcelona is an international centre that hosts 400 researchers and more than 30 nationalities. Recognised as a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence since 2011, IRB Barcelona is a CERCA centre and member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST).